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Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel

840 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3133
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#8 of 72 hotels in Gatlinburg
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See why so many travelers make Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel their hotel of choice when visiting Gatlinburg. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. Nearby landmarks such as Smoky Mountain Art (0.2 mi) and St Mary's Catholic Church (0.3 mi) make Bearskin Lodge Gatlinburg Tennessee a great place to stay when visiting Gatlinburg. As your “home away from home,” the hotel rooms offer a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available. Guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, outdoor furniture, and an outdoor fireplace while staying at Bearskin Lodge Gatlinburg. In addition, Bearskin Lodge Gatlinburg Tennessee offers a pool which will help make your Gatlinburg trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. If you like Spanish restaurants, Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel is conveniently located near No Way Jose's and Estrella Hondumex. During your visit, be sure to check out popular attractions like Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook (0.4 mi) and Gatlinburg SkyLift (0.5 mi), which are all within walking distance of the hotel. At Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Gatlinburg.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Gift shop
24-hour front desk
Lazy river
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
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Room features
Interconnected rooms available
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Private balcony
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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River View
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Deborah E wrote a review Jul. 21
Harlingen, Texas4 contributions4 helpful votes
This was a trip for 3 grandchildren. The location and property were amazing! We loved the balcony above the river for early mornings and the girls loved the pools. The staff was helpful and kind. The room was clean and very comfortable for all of us.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Balcony rooms are amazing!
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sanjujus wrote a review Jul. 16
Charlotte, North Carolina39 contributions19 helpful votes
This was 3 nights stay at Bearskin. When we arrived, the room was ready and cleaned, although we arrived before 4 pm. We were allowed to checked-in immediately. Check-in was really quick and took about 5 minutes. Front desk staff was polite and friendly. We had 516 room, which is 'double queen with stream view'. Rooms are big and spacious with wooden flooring. It had electric fireplace too. Beds were very comfortable. Not too soft .. not too hard !! We loved the stand-in shower which great water pressure. Due to covid, no house keeping was done during our stay and its only after check out. Saw house keeping cleaning other checked-out rooms everyday. For fresh towels, keep the dirty towel in front of room door packed in the given bag and fresh towels packed in a bag are kept in front of your room by house keeping. Breakfast had limited options like muffin, sausage biscuit, cheerios etc with to-go and dine in. Now, lets talk about the location !! Bearskin is located in the River rd, which is parallel road to Parkway. In fact, most parking spots in parkway are accessible from both parkway and River road. Very much walking distance to all major attractions including Sky bridge, Olde Gatlinburg etc. Anakeesta and Aquarium is location at the other end of the parkway. We did love the rockers placed in the covered parking facing the stream. Every evening, we sat there to just relax and hear the stream water flow !! Beautiful !! We loved our stay and will definitely stay here again whenever we visit Gatlinburg !! Totally Recommended !!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: Get rooms with 'Stream' view !!
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Stacey K wrote a review Jun. 2021
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The rooms were clean and spacious! The staff was super friendly and helpful. The location was PERFECT! Location was ideal to walk the main strip or drive into the park. We would definitely recommend this place to others.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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tammyo397 wrote a review Jun. 2021
Northfield, Minnesota24 contributions2 helpful votes
The positives: Great location just slightly back from the crowded part of Gatlinburg but within easy walking distance, and right by the National Park entrance. Easy parking. Really nice outdoor pool and lazy river at a perfect temperature. Lovely rustic decor. Large rooms with balconies and fireplaces. George on the front desk was very nice and helpful. The negatives: I had requested 2 rooms with a connecting door and they did not fulfill that request. I had booked around 6 months in advance and requested this both in writing and over the phone. To be fair to them they did say on the phone that they couldn't guarantee requests, but they would do their very best to honor them. So I was really disappointed when we arrived to find that they had not honored that request and we had 2 rooms quite far away from each other. I had hoped since I was paying almost $1,000 for 3 nights that they might have been able to honor that request. My husband and I ended up sleeping in separate rooms each with 2 kids since we couldn't all be together. My only other negatives would be that the corridor carpets could use a good cleaning and there weren't many options at the breakfasts.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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joel r wrote a review Jun. 2021
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This was my third stay this year alone at the bearskin, for now a total of 21 nights and I have another week booked in October. the staff is always friendly and helpful. no business is perfect, but when do have an issue it is promptly reconciled. the rooms are clean and comfortable... so comfortable in fact I am buying one of their beds from their manufacturer. you may find other places a little cheaper and certainly others. more expensive, but the combination of location, comfort and overwhelming customer service makes this my num her one choice every time I go.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: all rooms are excellent that I have stayed in.
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US$123 - US$213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Nantahala Outdoor Center (0.2 km), Smoky Mountain Art (0.3 km), and Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Crocketts Breakfast Camp, Cherokee Grill, and Flapjack's Pancake Cabin.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Gatlinburg.
Are there any historical sites close to Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Noah Bud Ogle Cabin (4.1 km) and Historic Ogle Log Cabin (1.2 km).
Does Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.